Definition of whistler in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪslə


  • 1A person who whistles: he couldn’t tell whether the whistler was moving away from or towards him
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    • But as others explained, even talented whistlers often choose the tool to avoid putting fingers made grimy by farm work anywhere near their mouth.
    • All builders, decorators, plumbers, electricians and workmen of whatever stripe are whistlers.
    • And suddenly the quiet is shattered by an unseen whistler walking on an adjacent platform and giving a perfect rendition of the theme tune to ‘Thomas the Tank Engine.’
  • 1.1An atmospheric radio disturbance heard as a whistle that falls in pitch, caused by lightning.
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    • And if you've never heard the likes of sferics, tweeks, or whistlers, or listened to radio from Jupiter, tune in to a page on the site ‘Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum’.
    • Listening to a tweek or a whistler conjures up nothing like a bolt of lightning in the mind's eye, however.
    • Sun Rings is a piece composed by Terry Riley for string quartet and a 60-voice choir, and part of it comes from the whistlers recorded by NASA's explorations into space.
  • 2A robust Australasian and Indonesian songbird with a strong and typically hooked bill and a loud melodious call. Also called thickhead.
    • Family Pachycephalidae: four genera, in particular Pachycephala, and many species
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    • My grandfather wanted to look through the book and quickly became enthralled by its colorful plates of whistlers, honeyeaters, parrots, pigeons, and doves.
    • Then there was another black-white-yellow bird, not a whistler - a shrike tit?
    • Bald coots enjoyed his potatoes, olive whistlers pulled up sprouting peas, and pipits ate young sprouts.

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